An Islamic scholar and Chairman of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrim Board, Dr Tajudeen Yusuf, has observed that unless God-fearing Muslims change from their political apathy, the country may continue to suffer from bad governance.
Yusuf, who is the Chairman, Lagos State Muslim Pilgrim Board, made the remarks at a Pre-Ramadan public lecture jointly, organised by the Organisation of Tadhamunul-Muslimeen (OTM) and The Muslim Congress (TMC), Oyo State chapter in Ibadan.
He spoke on the topic: “Muslims and Nation Building”,
The renowned Islamic public speaker and associate professor of Actuarial Science, University of Lagos, lamented the dormancy of conscious Muslims in partisan politics and governance which he noted responsible for their second citizen status in the country.
Tajudeen asserted that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) lived a life as a great political leader and human right activist, worthy of emulation.
According to him, no fewer than 21 chapters of the Holy Quran discuss issues relating to good governance, which is a demonstration of political entrenchment in Islam.
“Where then do Muslims find the evidence that Islam and politics are separate entities that do not go together?” he asked
The Islamic scholar, therefore, urged Muslims to wake up to their divine role of governance following the injunctions of Allah, Who warned Muslims, not to leave their affairs in the hands of the uninformed and less intelligent.
He also encouraged them to take advantage of their numeric strength towards attaining political power for the nation to be rescued from the mess it wallows in hands of unscrupulous politicians.
Earlier in his lecture, the Operation Manager of Hajj Maqbul Travel and Tours, Shaykh Saeed Orankan called on Muslims around the world to prepare adequately for Ramadan and strive towards getting the best out of the blessed month while it lasts.
Orankan highlighted congregational prayer, arms giving, Quran reading, seclusion (Itikaaf) during the last ten days of the month and performing lesser Hajj (Umrah) as part of beneficial and rewarding acts Muslims could engage in during Ramadan.
Commenting, the Chief Imam of Fountain University, Osogbo, Shaykh Sirajudeen Bakrin, warned Muslims against time wasters like social media and television among other frivolities while fasting.
The public gathering was chaired by Dr Modiu Durowoju of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH).
Dr Isiaka Ajani of Lagos State University, Dr AbdRazak Zubair of the University of Ibadan, Dr Nafiu Musa of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and many Muslims, male and female, from far and wide attended the event
By Our Correspondent
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